April 19, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

Review: ‘Batman & Robin Crime Scene Investigations’

This set of four hardcover storybooks makes up a new series in which the famous caped crimefighters use forensic investigation techniques to solve crimes. It’s a clever way to encourage scientific thinking and understanding the real-life background behind superhero adventures. The Felon’s Fowl Flames: Batman & Robin Use Fire Investigation to Crack the Case The […]

Review: ‘Ace’ and ‘Jumpa’

Ace: The Origin of Batman’s Hound and Jumpa: The Origin of Wonder Woman’s Kanga Writer: Steve Korte Artist: Art Baltazar Stone Arch Books; $4.95 (each) The latest offering from DC Comics and Capstone’s DC Super-Pets collaboration, which focuses on the adventures of the pets of DC superheroes and supervillains as designed and drawn by artist […]

Holy Street Sign! Bronx Road Named for Batman Creator Bill Finger

Batman fans, city officials, students, and others gathered to celebrate the dedication of Bill Finger Way.

Review: ‘Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II’ #1

Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II Writer: James Tynion IV Artist: Freddie Williams II DC Comics; $3.99 Rated T for Teen Batman and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles may sound like they go together about as well as some of the pizza toppings enjoyed by the latter in their original cartoon iteration—you know, marshmallows and pepperoni, […]

Gotham’s Most Wanted | Touch and Go

Cross-media branding? It’s not unusual, but is it successful in this app?

Review: ‘Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures’

Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures Writer: Matthew K. Manning Artists: Jon Sommariva and Sean Parsons IDW Publishing; $19.99 Last year’s unlikely Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles crossover series played it safe and straight, and was perhaps as earnest a story featuring such wildly divergent franchises as possible. That had the unfortunate side effect of making it […]

Fusenews: Always Pegged Batman as More of a Tomi Ungerer Fan Myself

Happy ALA Conference Week!  Starting this Thursday or Friday or so the librarians will descend en masse upon our fair Chicago.  To better prepare you please be so good as to check out Andrea Vaughn Johnson’s piece for the ALSC blog Chicagoland Mini-Tours for Book Lovers. That will fill in any gaps you might have […]

Video Sunday: It’s Been a Long Long Time, M’Dear

Howdy! I’m neck deep in book promotion for old Funny Girl these days, but that doesn’t mean I can’t cut a little chunk of time out of my daily schedule to bring you a swath of some good old-fashioned videos for this Sunday morn.  And what a swath it is!  First up, a video that […]

Review: Beware The Batman

Beware The Batman Written by Ivan Cohen, Matthew K. Manning, Scott Beatty, Mike W. Barr and Mitch Watson Art by Luciano Vecchio and Dario Brizuela DC Comics, $12.99 This trade paperback collects the entirety of the short-lived comic book series based on the short-lived animated series of the same name…which, of course, was based on […]

Comics Censorship, from ‘Gay’ Batman to Sendak’s Mickey | Banned Books Week

Since the 1940s, critics have claimed that comic books and graphic novels corrupt youth by breeding immorality, sexual deviance, and violence. There’s still opposition.

Great Reads for Video Gamers

This lineup of gorgeous behind-the-scenes browsers, cool book and graphic-novel tie-ins, and magnetic YA novels that star gamers as protagonists is sure to reel in teens who spend their leisure time with game controller in hand.

Exclusive Preview: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #3

Here’s a preview of Scooby-Doo Team-Up #3, which will be out in comic shops on March 5. This series pairs up Scooby-Doo and the Mystery, Inc., gang with Batman and Robin, and more superheroes may be coming in future issues. Our own J. Caleb Mozzocco talked to series writer Sholly Fisch last December about how […]

Exclusive Preview: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #2

Last month, Caleb interviewed writer Sholly Fisch about the new series Scooby-Doo Team-Up, which will bring Scooby-Doo and crew together with DC superheroes, starting with Batman. Now here’s an exclusive preview of Scooby-Doo Team-Up #2, courtesy of DC Comics. Here’s the blurb: Holy overactive imagination! When Scarecrow attacks using his fear gas, only humans are […]

Interview: Sholly Fisch on Scooby-Doo Team-Up

The 1972 iteration of the Scooby-Doo cartoon, The New Scooby-Doo Movies, teamed the mystery-solving teenagers and their Great Dane with a different guest star each episode, some of them cartoon versions of real-life celebrities, others cartoon characters themselves. Among the most fondly remembered episodes were the pair in which Scooby and the gang teamed up […]

Interview: Sholly Fisch on Scooby-Doo Team-Up

The 1972 iteration of the Scooby-Doo cartoon, The New Scooby-Doo Movies, teamed the mystery-solving teenagers and their Great Dane with a different guest star each episode, some of them cartoon versions of real-life celebrities, others cartoon characters themselves. Among the most fondly remembered episodes were the pair in which Scooby and the gang teamed up […]

Review: Batman is Brave and Superman Fights for Truth

Batman is Brave and Superman Fights for Truth Written by Donald Lemke, drawn by Ethen Beavers Picture Windows Books, $7.99   Given how dangerous being a superhero can be, I wouldn’t recommend it for anyone under the age of 18, and I don’t care what Robin says or does (If Robin jumped off the Gotham […]

Review: Batman Beyond Universe #1

Batman Beyond Universe #1 Written by Kyle Higgins and Christos N. Gage Drawn by Thony Silas and Dan Coello DC Comics, $3.99 Rated T, for Teen Of all the Batman animated series to come and go from television since Batman: The Animated Series debuted in 1992, Batman Beyond was the shortest lived, at just 52 […]

Is ‘Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox’ the Darkest Superhero Film Ever?

Can creators in essence separate the “super” from the “hero” and still be said to be working with the same character?

Review: Batman ’66 #1

Batman ’66 #1  Written by Jeff Parker, drawn by Jonathan Case DC Comics, $3.99 Rated E, for Everyone Congratulations, Comic Books!  You have apparently finally made it! For years, for decades, for at least a generation, the medium as a whole has been haunted by the success of the campy, comedic 1966-68 Batman TV show, […]

Fusenews: Rules of Summer in November

As you read this I am winging my way to Chicago, IL.  Land of Great Lakes, windy winds, and hot dogs that carry unconscionable stigmas for logical edible combinations (ketchup ONLY works on hot dogs, people).  Blogging, if my schedule is to be believed, is due to be a bit spotty for the next few […]